Archive | January, 2011

The “Definition” of Insanity

7 Jan

So that famous redundant overquoted quote…

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different result.” (Albert Einstein)

…I’m sure when I first heard this–probably in the early ’90’s–I thought it was profound. I probably walked around quoting it to others and particularly musing with those who’d never heard it before. But now I find this quote ridiculous.

I mean, let’s break it

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“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again yet expecting a different result.”

To do something “over & over again” could be defined as persistence, tenacity, perserverance, faith.

So how is that insanity?

If it weren’t for “doing the same thing over & over again” would we have lightbulbs or cars or the perfect flaky croissant?

How many inventions would not have been invented if someone decided it was “insane” to keep pushing, keep tweaking, keep “doing the same thing over & over again”?

When you were a kid and you had to keep getting on that bicycle to really learn how to ride it–were you insane (or your parents) for trying over and over again yet expecting a different result?

At five years old when you kept trying to tie your sneakers–oh, those strings that kept getting twisted around your fingers!–was it insanity to keep trying?

OY.

I declare, as I get older, far less go-with-the-flow things escape me. And while it’s a doozy noticing so very many things, somebody’s gotta do it.

So it’s good to know I’m not “insane” after all.

(Not that I would let a mere famous quote diagnose me.)

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Yet Another Resolution

1 Jan

With the few minutes I have…

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

I used a period instead of an exclamation because, well, it seems more serious.

And I’m serious about your happiness.

Wink.

Here’s to a new year of stability. Consistency. Wealth. Exhaling. Creativity wrapped in love.

Gushiness.

(((readers)))

That’s a hug, Dudes & Dudettes.